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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 90

Senator NETTLE (3:52 PM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) research and development of laser enrichment technology is being pursued at Lucas Heights, by private company Silex Systems Ltd,

(ii) this project is protected by a bi-lateral agreement with the Government of the United States of America which was signed to enable the transfer of restricted enrichment technology and equipment for the research and development,

(iii) Silex Systems Ltd has imported uranium for enrichment as part of this project, and

(iv) the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has processed radioactive waste produced as a result of these activities; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) recognise that the technology being developed by Silex Systems Ltd could constitute a threat to internationally agreed goals of nuclear non-proliferation, and

(ii) legislate to ban the development of uranium enrichment technologies in Australia.

Question put.